Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention was originally created at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington.
The clinical and research
team originated under the mentorship of Alan Marlatt, whose research,
innovation and support made this work possible.
The original MBRP team of researchers and clinicians from UW currently includes Drs. Sarah Bowen, Neha Chawla, Katie Witkiewitz, and Joel Grow, all of whom studied under the mentorship of the late Dr. Alan Marlatt. Close colleagues in our training and research efforts include Devin Ashwood in the UK, and the team in Brazil www.mbrpbrasil.com.br among many others in the U.S. and internationally. Sarah Bowen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is an Assistant Professor at Pacific University, in Portland, OR, and an affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She received her doctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Marlatt at University of Washington. Dr. Bowen's research focuses primarily on mindfulness-based therapies for
relapse prevention, with specific focus on mechanisms of change,
including negative affect, thought suppression and craving. She has
authored numerous articles and book chapters on this and related topics (see publications), and
is co-author of the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's
Guide. Dr. Bowen has facilitated MBRP
groups in private and county treatment agencies, in criminal justice institutions, and at the VA
Medical Center, and offers trainings to researchers and clinicians in the U.S., Europe, and Central America. She is particularly interested in the
application of mindfulness-based work to dual-diagnosis and under-served populations. Neha Chawla, Ph.D. is a co-creators of MBRP and co-author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician's
Guide. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Seattle. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of mindfulness-based treatments for substance use disorders, understanding mechanisms of change, issues related to therapist training and dissemination, and the assessment of therapist competence. Dr. Chawla has facilitated several trainings and workshops on MBRP and led groups in private and community treatment settings in Seattle and on the East-coast. For more information about Dr. Chawla's private practice, please click here.
Joel Grow, PhD is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center. His research interests include clinical applications of mindfulness
meditation, primarily in the area of addictive behaviors. He has
specific interests in therapist training and dissemination, as well as
brief interventions and integrated primary care. He has taught in the
university setting for the past 10 years, and was awarded the UW
Extension "Award for Teaching Excellence" in 2005. He co-facilitates
MBRP groups in both private and community treatment settings.
Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of
New Mexico and the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. She is a licensed clinical psychologist
and has worked extensively on studying the biopsychosocial influences on
substance use relapse. She has conducted numerous empirical studies on
mindfulness-based treatments for alcohol and drug use disorders and mechanisms
of successful treatment outcomes following interventions to prevent alcohol and
drug use relapse. Devin Ashwood has worked in a range of substance misuse
settings and is currently program leader and lecturer in addictions
counseling at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies and the
University of Bath. He has been working with and supervised by Sarah
Bowen and Neha Chawla to develop and
deliver a version of MBRP compatible with rolling treatment programs.
Devin has been committed to a daily meditation practice since 1999, has
studied with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the
University of Bangor and teaches mindfulness to professionals and
clients in an addictions context. He also organizes and leads a number
of meditation groups and retreats throughout the year including sessions
at HMP Exeter, supporting prisoners as the Buddhist Chaplain.
Brazilian Center of
Research and Training in MBRP (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisa e Formação em MBRP)
Center of Research and Training in MBRP (MBRP Brazil) was officially created in
2015 and its main objectives include the development of research and training
to professionals who would like to deliver MBRP for people with substance use
problems in different contexts. Since 2010, the MBRP Brazil members are
conducting research on this topic, which were the result of collaboration
between researchers and clinicians, members of the Research Center for Health
and Substance Use (NEPSIS) with Dr. Bowen. The NEPSIS is a research
directory linked to the Department of Psychobiology of the Universidade Federal
de São Paulo (UNIFESP) coordinated by Professor Ana Regina Noto, national
reference in the substance use field. Also in collaboration with Dr. Bowen, the MBRP Brazil has been offering professional trainings in MBRP for
clinicians and researchers who would like to improve their repertoire to help
people with addictive behaviors. In addition to research, the MBRP Brazil team also
offers groups for substance users from the community and their families. Learn
more about MBRP Brazil at: www.mbrpbrasil.com.br
Dr. Marlatt was an inspiration to countless students, clinicians, researchers and clients, and while he will be greatly missed, his innovative and compassion approach to treatment of addictive behaviors will continue to serve as a foundation and inspiration for generations to come.